Sitera ruled out for King’s Lynn
King's Lynn have suffered a fresh injury blow with Czech reserve Filip Sitera ruled out of tonight's Elite League trip to Wolverhampton with a broken collarbone.
Sitera could now miss the rest of the season after crashing in the final of his national championships on Saturday night at Divisovie. Poole and Newcastle racer Kyle Newman will partner Kozza Smith in a new look bottom end pairing after Smith was drafted in last week to replace Sitera's compatriot Tomas Topinka.
Lynn will also use rider replacement tonight at Monmore Green with skipper Olly Allen still sidelined by a shoulder injury.
The visitors will look to Stars' number one Kenneth Bjerre to repeat his GP form after snatching a podium place in the Scandinavian GP at the weekend. Bjerre believes he is rounding into some useful end-of-season form after an impressive display at Malilla, where he used to race for Swedish side Dackarna. The former Danish national champion attributes his upturn in the GP series to a summer break following the World Team Cup.
'It has been pretty tough for me this season,' he said. 'Over the past couple of rounds I have made it to the final and I'm enjoying it since the World Cup break. I've got my engines working and I'm just looking forward to the next one. I've been off on holiday and since I've come back, things have been going well. I've been enjoying it. I went to Greece for a week. I went over just after the World Cup and I'm enjoying things at the minute. I'm having good scores, so it has worked for me. I had a week off in the summer; I've never had that before and I certainly enjoyed it.'
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Wolves have also suffered an injury blow with Freddie Lindgren ruled out after aggravating a back injury at the same GP meeting.
'I spoke to Wolves team manager Pete Adams straight after the meeting and said I will skip Monday because it was worse than I thought it would be,' he said. 'I don't have a meeting until the following Monday, so I have a week and a half to see if I can get better. I have no meetings in Poland or Sweden.
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'It's only the one meeting with Wolverhampton I'm missing and I don't want to let them down. But at the same time, I can't race properly. Monmore Green is a track that's pretty demanding on the body.'
Wolverhampton have drafted in former Stars' ace Davey Watt as a guest booking and team boss Adams is well aware of the threat posed by the visitors.
'King's Lynn is a good team and they are looking for the points to reach the play-offs,' he said. 'We need to win our remaining home meetings to reach the top four and whilst it may seem an outside chance right now we will keep on pushing to get there.'
• Stars 1. Kenneth Bjerre, 2. Lasse Bjerre, 3. Olly Allen R/R, 4. Mads Korneliussen, 5. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6. Kyle Newman, 7. Kozza Smith.